Canada’s west coast is an outdoor paradise characterized by rich wilderness, popular sandy beaches, and lush rainforest. A 40-minute floatplane ride from Vancouver Island drops you into a remote UNESCO Biosphere Reserve home to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort. This privately-owned property provides authentic vintage glamour in a natural setting.
Extending over Bedwell estuary are billowing, white canvas prospector tents, an ode to the country’s frontier spirit. An exquisite array of vintage oil lamps and antique furnishings counterbalance west coast Canadian-style. Heated floors, soft bedding, hotel-style amenities, and even complimentary all-natural bug spray offer modern comforts.
An explorer’s dream, guests can choose their own adventure. Join expert guides on a hiking expedition along sacred Wild Side Trail to an ancestral village on Flores Island where humpback whales and endangered sea lions venture close to shore. Horse enthusiasts can tail wranglers through untamed landscapes ripe with beauty, or eager surfers can catch a quick boat ride to world-famous Longbeach.
Seasonal cuisine is served from dawn till dusk and enjoyed in the popular fireside lounge adorned with decadent velvet sofas. Engage fellow explorers in old-fashioned parlor games, or start an impromptu sing-a-long on a vintage upright piano. The new glass waterfront lounge, aptly named the Ivan Hoe, features 11-foot floor to ceiling windows. This is the perfect spot for photo ops.
Clayoquot allows the surrounding environment to speak for itself. This is a luxurious camping experience to savor for generations to come.
Written by Lauren Lanier
Photos by Clayoquot Wilderness Resort